Working with Governors, UNICEF promotes child-friendly governance systems in Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria, 11 February 2011 - Governors in Nigeria have stepped up for children by signing an agreement (MOU) with UNICEF to promote their best interests. The 36 State Governors are key figures under the constitution of the country and the MOU establishes a partnership to promote child friendly governance systems and to influence state policies for children.
The MOU was signed by Mr. Asishana Okauru, the Director General of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, and Dr. Suomi Sakai the country representative for UNICEF. It is a deliberate effort to explore opportunities to leverage resources and to translate policies into results for children, with a special focus on issues affecting the most disadvantaged children and families.
By this MOU, the NGF and UNICEF have agreed to work together to ensure the recognition and realization of children’s rights in Nigeria, as part of the on-going effort towards achieving national development aspirations and the MDGs from the perspective of equitable development.
The activities envisaged include joint assessment visits, exchange of information on the situation of Nigerian children, advocacy for national and state policies, as well as strategies and plans to address specific developmental challenges. It is also expected to help mobilise human, financial and material resources in support of child development initiatives and interventions in all the States of the federation.
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum is an association of all the 36 State Governors of Nigeria. They meet regularly to discuss issues of common interests and concerns with the aim of fostering national unity, peace, development and progress. The forum is also a peer review platform where governors compare notes and set specific development agenda for themselves.
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